Invitations up again in latest Express Entry draw

2 Nov 16

CANADA

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Canada conducted its 23rd Express Entry draw of 2016 Wednesday, issuing 2,080 invitations to apply. The lowest qualifying score was 472.

What does the change mean? The number of candidates invited to apply for permanent residency was the highest of any draw this year, up again from the last draw. The minimum score decreased slightly to 472 from 475 on Oct. 19.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Permanent residency through Express Entry.
  • Who is affected: Canadian companies sponsoring foreign nationals through one of four skilled migration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.
  • Business impact: The minimum qualifying score has remained under 600 in all draws this year, indicating that some candidates continue to be issued invitations to apply without having an LMIA-supported job offer or provincial nomination. 

    Background: In 2015, Canada issued 31,063 invitations to apply through Express Entry. Officials projected a greater number for 2016, and have issued just 25,982 so far this year. The number of invitations has increased dramatically in the last two months.

    Express Entry Draws in 2016:

Date Invitations Score Date Invitations Score
Jan. 6 1,463 461 June 15 752 488
Jan. 13 1,518 453 June 29 773 482
Jan. 27 1,468 457 July 13 747 482
Feb. 10 1,505 459 July 27 755 488
Feb. 24 1,484 453 Aug. 10 754 490
March 9 1,013 473 Aug. 24 750 538
March 23 1,014 470 Sept. 7 1,000 491
April 6 954 470 Sept. 21 1,288 483
April 20 1,018 468 Oct. 12 1,518 484
May 6 799 534   Oct. 19 1,804 475
May 18 763 484   Nov. 2 2,080 472
June 1 762 483    

BAL Analysis: More invitations to apply were issued in Wednesday’s draw than in any draw this year. The increase is consistent with the trend in the past two months toward an increase in the number of candidates invited to apply for permanent residency per draw. The drop in the minimum qualifying score is also positive news for Express Entry candidates, as it was the lowest minimum qualifying score since April.

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